Irish Premiership: Baxter expects tough Glens test

Crusaders winger Paul Heatley shields the ball from Glentoran's Fra McCaffrey
Crusaders winger Paul Heatley shields the ball from Glentoran's Fra McCaffrey

Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter believes Glentoran will pose a major challenge for the Premiership leaders at Seaview.

The Crues sit six points clear of Linfield and Cliftonville while the Glens are back in sixth.

"Alan Kernaghan has brought an added attacking dimension to Glentoran and we will have to be at our best to get three points," said Baxter.

"We are taking on a good Glentoran team with good players."

The Crues have picked up just one point from their last two league outings, with a draw against Cliftonville followed by a Windsor Park defeat by Linfield.

"Those were games of fine margins - they were hard fought and could of finished differently," added Baxter.

"Not a lot separates the teams, which is exciting and good for the league.

"It's going to be very tight this season but I am happy where we are at this stage."

Cliftonville's title hopes have been boosted by the arrival of striker Darren Murray from Portadown.

The 24-year-old is set to make his Reds debut away to Glenavon but fellow forwards David McDaid and Daniel Hughes are ruled out because of injuries.

Warrenpoint Town are on course for relegation - nine points adrift at the bottom as they prepare to go up against Coleraine at Milltown.

The matches between Ballymena United and Carrick Rangers at the Showgrounds and Linfield and Dungannon Swifts at Windsor Park have been called off because of the weather.

Danske Bank Premiership - Saturday 16 January, 15:00 GMT
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